Auburn Post-Game Notes
Auburn vs. Kentucky
October 17, 2009
• The pre-game flight was made by Nova from Sec. 45 in the northwest corner.
• Auburn won the toss and elected to receive. Kentucky elected to defend the north end zone.
• Kickoff was at 6:35 p.m. CT.
• Attendance was announced as 86,217.
· Auburn is now 24-6-1 all-time against Kentucky.
· Auburn is now 19-4 in home night games since the start of the 2000 season, including a 4-1 record this year.
· Auburn scored first on a blocked field goal retuned for a touchdown. The Tigers are now 3-1 when scoring first this year.
· Auburn led 14-7 at the half and after three quarters. The Tigers are now 4-1 this season when leading at those points of the game.
· Auburn held Kentucky to seven points in the first half. It marked the second time in Auburn’s last three games that the Tigers allowed seven or fewer points in the first half (Tennessee, 6).
· Auburn rushed for 220 yards. It marked the sixth time in seven games that Auburn has rushed for at least 200 yards.
· Ben Tate finished with 132 yards rushing, marking his 10th career 100-yard rushing game and his fifth this season. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in all four of Auburn’s SEC games this year.
· Tate moved past Ronnie Brown (2000-04), Brent Fullwood (1983-86) and Stephen Davis (1993-95) for fifth on Auburn’s career rushing list with 2,815 yards rushing.
· Tate’s 31 carries marked a new career high. His previous high was 27 carries at Vanderbilt last season.
· Neiko Thorpe returned a blocked field goal 69 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was the first blocked kick returned for a touchdown since 1981, when Chris Martin returned one 77 yards against Georgia Tech.
· It marked the second time Auburn returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown against Kentucky. In 1961, John McGeever went 82 yards with a blocked kick for a TD in Kentucky’s only other win at Auburn.
· Ben Tate’s 1-yard touchdown run late in the first half was his fifth rushing touchdown of the season and the 19th of his career. His 19 rushing scores tied him with Brad Lester for ninth in Auburn history.